The Georgia Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies regulates the security industry in Georgia and also maintains the policy for security guard license and training for unarmed and armed security officers.
No license is required is to become an unarmed guard in Georgia; however you must complete the required training.
Unarmed Security Guard Requirements in Georgia
Although you are not required to obtain a license, your security guard company must register you as an employee for you to work as a security guard. You must also meet the following requirements:
- You must be at least 18 years of age.
- You should have a valid driver’s license or a state ID.
- You must pass a background check conducted by the local police department.
- You must be a US citizen, permanent resident or a resident alien who is authorized to work in the United States.
- Complete 24 hours of required security guard training in Georgia.
Georgia Security Guard Application Process
You can apply online for your security guard license in Georgia. Please visit application website and start the application process. The fees can be paid using a debit card or a credit card from MasterCard, Visa or American Express.
Georgia Security Guard Training Course
Security officers in Georgia are required to complete a 24 hour training program. The training program is a basic program which will help prospective security officer’s skills that will help them perform their jobs well. Following are some common elements of the basic security officer training program in Georgia:
- Role of Private Security
- Crime Awareness and Prevention
- Private Security and the Criminal Justice System
- Ethics and Professionalism
- Legal Aspects
- Principal Misdemeanors and Felonies
- Overview of Title 43-38 as it relates to the Security Profession
- Overview of Board Rules 509 et al
- Arrest and Proper Use of Force
- Courtroom testimony
- Patrol and Observation
- Patrol techniques
- Information gathering
- Crimes in progress
- Officer Safety
- Note taking and Report Writing
- Incident Response
- Responding to Emergencies
- Crowd control and evacuation
- Fire control and Prevention
- Hazardous Materials
- Bomb Threats and Terrorism
- Security Resources
- CCTV Operation and Video Documentation
There will be additional modules that will be covered in the training. Always go with a reputed training school to prepare for a career in security. Some employers may pay for your training.
Please see armed security guard section for information on firearms training. For additional Information please visit Georgia Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies.